Transportation News/Articles

Public transport ITS market in Europe expected to exceed €1.4 billion by 2017

“Berg Insight is of the opinion that the European market for ITS for public transport is in a growth phase which will continue throughout the forecasted period. The fluctuating economic climate has in most countries had little effect on the market as the public investments which underpin a major part of the ITS initiatives have remained stable throughout the periods …

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Tampa airport to unveil 20-year, $4.2 billion plan

“Now the main terminal with enhancements is expected to be viable until annual passenger traffic increases from the current 17 million to 34 million, which is expected in 2041, along with other airport improvements if the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority can secure funding.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/news/business/tampa-international-to-unveil-42-billion-plan-thursday-20131118/By: Ted Jackovics | Tribune Staff

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Kansas City’s Streetcar is already driving investment downtown

“Thirty-three development projects have been completed, are under construction or have been announced within the boundaries of the Transportation Development District since Kansas City voters gave the go ahead to streetcar last year, according to the Downtown Council of Kansas City.” See More . . . Source: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/11/14/more-than-a-year-from-operation-kansas-citys-streetcar-is-already-driving-investment-downtown/?goback=%2Egde_1784344_member_5806901810035712003#%21By: Aidan O’Shea

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Driverless vehicles topic of Tampa summit

“Florida’s Department of Transportation, along with the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and other groups, hosted the first Florida Automated Vehicles Summit on Thursday and Friday to help position the state as a leader in putting driverless cars on the road.” See More . . . Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Driverless-vehicles-topic-of-Tampa-summit-4987282.phpBy: mysanantonio.com

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Driverless cars could change everything from insurance to mass transit

“The Florida Department of Transportation has said it wants to be prepared for autonomous vehicle innovation, and is one of three states with laws permitting autonomous vehicle testing on its highways.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/news/business/driverless-cars-could-change-everything-from-insurance-to-mass-transit-20131114/By: Ted Jackovics | Tribune Staff

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State senators want to increase Florida’s speed limit to 75 mph

“Brandes, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee that is sure to give the idea a big push, said his bill (SB 392) would allow the speed limit to rise to 75 only after engineers for the state Department of Transportation concluded it was safe, based on a variety of factors.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/state-senators-want-to-increase-floridas-speed-limit-to-75-mph/2152023By: STEVE BOUSQUET, TIMES/HERALD …

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Seaports are a good investment

“Florida is home to 15 seaports that handle about 40 percent of total U.S. exports, welcome the largest number of cruise passengers in the world, and employ more than 680,000 Floridians. These jobs generate $26.1 billion in personal income, produce $96.6 billion in direct business revenue, and contribute to more than $2.4 billion in local and state taxes.” See More …

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Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge

“Like a flying saucer, the steel bridge hoovers above the Heerbaan/Meerenakkerweg intersection, its impressive pylon marking the entrance way to the cities of Eindhoven and Veldhoven. There used to be a level crossing here, but the development of a nearby housing estate meant the intersection needed changing in order to cope with growing traffic.” See More . . . Source: …

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Elon Musk becomes ‘low-carbon transportation’ advisor to the government of… the UK?!

“Apparently, the UK’s government makes better use of America’s EV entrepreneurs than the US government. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and electric vehicle visionary (as well as solar visionary, space visionary, and internet visionary) will now advise UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on how to hasten the adoption of low-carbon transportation technologies like electric cars (and hopefully also …

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If light rail comes to Pinellas, how will it serve St. Pete?

“Running between Clearwater and St. Petersburg, the current route — the result of a study by Jacobs Engineering — would have 16 stops. As proposed, it would enter St. Petersburg from Interstate 275, heading south along the interstate until 22nd Avenue N, when it would switch over to a CSX freight route and continue south, eventually turning east and circling …

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